VansAirForceForums  
Home > VansAirForceForums

- POSTING RULES
- Donate yearly (please).
- Advertise in here!

- Today's Posts | Insert Pics


Go Back   VAF Forums > Search Forums
Register FAQ Members List Calendar Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read

Showing results 1 to 62 of 500
Search took 0.03 seconds.
Search: Posts Made By: Ralph Inkster
Forum: RV-6/6A 08-13-2020, 02:02 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 379
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Correct, most things are priced on their web...

Correct, most things are priced on their web store by part#, items not listed might be offered as part groupings like the mount & gear legs as a package, which you can price by phoning Vans.
On a...
Forum: RV-7/7A 08-13-2020, 01:41 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 570
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Right Scott, what you said, what I meant (kind...

Right Scott, what you said, what I meant (kind of), but now what I said.
It's good to have you on the forum to keep us straight!!
Forum: Canada 08-13-2020, 11:39 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 4,403
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Unsure if this round of tariffs are as you noted....

Unsure if this round of tariffs are as you noted. The ones from last year sure did. We were bringing a few cases of donated Vans Sheetmetal Practice Kits into Canada (used in our Sportair...
Forum: RV-7/7A 08-13-2020, 11:23 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 570
Posted By Ralph Inkster
The big nut should be adjusted so it takes 20lb...

The big nut should be adjusted so it takes 20lb force to turn the wheel sideways. Unlike some certified planes, the RVs are meant to be stiff this way, to prevent wheel wobble (shimmy) while taxiing...
Forum: RV-6/6A 08-13-2020, 11:11 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 379
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Do you have a copy of plans for your plane? You...

Do you have a copy of plans for your plane? You can build a parts list from there and the process would be described in the builders manual. If you don't have the plans/manual, are available from...
Forum: Canada 08-12-2020, 11:44 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 238
Posted By Ralph Inkster
- how many pre-closing inspections did you...

- how many pre-closing inspections did you scheule?
You could get away with one pre-cover inspection for everything, probably not advisable for a first time builder as there is value in having the...
Forum: Canada 08-12-2020, 11:23 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 4,403
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Talk to Vans shipping dept for their...

Talk to Vans shipping dept for their recommendations.
Generally FedEx Express (included brokerage) would be cheaper than UPS Standard by a far shot. Arrange to self clear if at all possible.
For the...
Forum: RV-7/7A 08-12-2020, 11:09 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 899
Posted By Ralph Inkster
More like a moment of terror. He probably had to...

More like a moment of terror. He probably had to change his pants after.

Fuselage was unstable as it was, but the pulled circuit breaker for the gear retract didn't help.
Forum: RV-14 08-11-2020, 04:12 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 180
Posted By Ralph Inkster
In-board 3 are for gas tank mounting, I think....

In-board 3 are for gas tank mounting, I think. Outboard ones are for a strobe power pack. Both are flat mount so no bolt hole countersinking.
Look forward in plans for fuel tank mounting.
Forum: Safety 08-11-2020, 10:07 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 9,041
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Mark I’ve delt with cracks at both front & rear...

Mark
I’ve delt with cracks at both front & rear of those stiffeners on various planes. With new rudders, in addition to the rear RTV treatment you describe, I now shape the front of those stiffeners...
Forum: Electrical Systems 08-11-2020, 09:42 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 197
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Not difficult to remove your alternator & take it...

Not difficult to remove your alternator & take it to a local Auto Electric shop & have them test the Diodes, they probably have the part there, standard ND part.
Would save major $$ compared to...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 08-11-2020, 09:32 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 230
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Is the strap joggled (offset)? If so, maybe...

Is the strap joggled (offset)? If so, maybe distribute the washers around & see if that helps.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 08-11-2020, 09:26 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 925
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Would be interested what type stall warning...

Would be interested what type stall warning device OP has and how it is set up. What trip speed /angle value does it set off? For it to be tripping on take off, what speed do you rotate? Climb out?
Forum: Electrical Systems 08-11-2020, 09:02 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 691
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Only keyless ENTRY SYSTEM I’d like to see someone...

Only keyless ENTRY SYSTEM I’d like to see someone develop is an easier method for folks with old creaky bones to get in & OUT of an RV. Maybe a woffie cushion or booster seat, or lower side...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 08-08-2020, 03:59 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 559
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Just reworked a SuperStol with same symptoms. ...

Just reworked a SuperStol with same symptoms. Found similar damage in fuel bowls which lead me to get carbs overhauled (lots of new parts) which lead to new fuel pump, which lead to full fuel system...
Forum: Canada 08-08-2020, 03:45 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,147
Posted By Ralph Inkster
"I have ordered a Lycoming IO-360 M1B. Am I...

"I have ordered a Lycoming IO-360 M1B. Am I describing a mechanical FI system or a Hi Volume / Hi Pressure full return EFI system?"

With a new Lycoming M1B from the factory, you most likely will be...
Forum: RV-7/7A 08-08-2020, 11:33 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 899
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Yeh, wasn't a good day for them.

Yeh, wasn't a good day for them.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-08-2020, 11:04 AM
Replies: 84
Views: 5,724
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Yeh, my highly skewered survey would be based on...

Yeh, my highly skewered survey would be based on RVs parked in HBD & HBC facing east (most nasty weather I've experienced there came out of the west), & reflected planes parked, not starting or...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-08-2020, 10:15 AM
Replies: 84
Views: 5,724
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Going on memory, sketchy at best - OSHKOSH...

Going on memory, sketchy at best - OSHKOSH unofficial visual survey would be 80% down, 20% up.
What's your survey tally?
Forum: RV-7/7A 08-08-2020, 10:01 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 899
Posted By Ralph Inkster
If you don't have the empennage attached, throw...

If you don't have the empennage attached, throw some weight on back there.

& I definitely agree with others about the no start with wings off rule. There's a YouTube video (from our airfield) of a...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-07-2020, 02:37 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 5,724
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Some BIG kids (40 year olds...) can't read or...

Some BIG kids (40 year olds...) can't read or understand NO STEP decals either...
Forum: Fiberglass 08-07-2020, 02:27 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 578
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Or... are you asking about a Removable Snorkel...

Or... are you asking about a Removable Snorkel Inlet? (Like discussed on some threads recently?)

Simple task-
Draw cut line defining removable inlet, generously paint mould release on inside of...
Forum: Fiberglass 08-07-2020, 01:15 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 578
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Converting a 320 cowl for a 360, How I did it,...

Converting a 320 cowl for a 360, How I did it, this is a cut & splice saga... sorry no pics...
I found I had to increase the cowl depth by 1", & widen it to accommodate the larger FAB360 air box. ...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 08-07-2020, 10:56 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 619
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Good thought, Snowflake "For those pumping the...

Good thought, Snowflake
"For those pumping the accelerator pump to "prime" the engine... Are you doing that with the starter engaged, or just at standstill?"

While turning over - that is my...
Forum: Electrical Systems 08-06-2020, 02:15 PM
Replies: 154
Views: 23,286
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Hmmmm. that link didn't work. Got a...

Hmmmm. that link didn't work. Got a part#?

Note- different ND alternator models come with a variety of lug mount configurations, so you have to do some researching to find one that will work with...
Forum: Electrical Systems 08-06-2020, 02:01 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 15,087
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Maybe check the installation document for your OV...

Maybe check the installation document for your OV module. See if it's schematic hints on a momentary over 5A power draw that could happen in your described situation.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 08-06-2020, 01:46 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 557
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Give the intake runner hose clamps a tweek while...

Give the intake runner hose clamps a tweek while you are under the engine too.
Forum: Canada 08-06-2020, 12:44 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,147
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Me "Les is not suggesting gascolators are no...

Me
"Les is not suggesting gascolators are no longer useful or required in carb or mechanical fuel injection installations. He is just noting that TC now acknowledges that gascolators can be exempted...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-05-2020, 01:31 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 403
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Per the plans they should be the same dimensions,...

Per the plans they should be the same dimensions, but each mount may vary ever so slightly due to the welding process.
Also be aware there were some models that had slight different depths (engine...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 08-05-2020, 01:23 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 594
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Seems like a lot of work for a once every 2000hr...

Seems like a lot of work for a once every 2000hr event.
Forum: RV-8/8A 08-05-2020, 01:19 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,652
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Most Rockets have 80" props, but have longer gear...

Most Rockets have 80" props, but have longer gear legs too.
Forum: Canada 08-05-2020, 01:11 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,147
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Which may apply for Carb and (most) Mechanical FI...

Which may apply for Carb and (most) Mechanical FI systems - low volume fuel flows would collect water & retain it in the gascolator to some extent, plus what ever settles out in the bottom of the...
Forum: Safety 08-04-2020, 10:55 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 9,041
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Hi. New to the forum? Welcome! You should...

Hi. New to the forum? Welcome!
You should know that some very knowledgable folks have responded to your post, at least 2 DARs, at least 2 shop owners that have EXTENSIVE experience in building...
Forum: Electrical Systems 07-30-2020, 03:00 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,414
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Never say never... I guess its possible for a...

Never say never... I guess its possible for a battery to go bad in flight, but a bad battery usually tells you it's bad before you get to the taxi way.
A Battery if treated well just sits there.
An...
Forum: Engine Monitors 07-30-2020, 10:52 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 372
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Did he also check the pins in the D-Sub...

Did he also check the pins in the D-Sub connector, maybe one slipped back or bad solder/crimp.
Forum: RV-7/7A 07-29-2020, 01:51 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,146
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Nothing wrong with running EI right & mag left. ...

Nothing wrong with running EI right & mag left. Redundancy issues are satisfied.
If you decide to go with a second EI, best to match what you have on the right. This would insure both ignitions...
Forum: Alternative Engines 07-28-2020, 03:35 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,942
Posted By Ralph Inkster
I'm suprised nobody has mentioned the Higgs Hawk...

I'm suprised nobody has mentioned the Higgs Hawk E330J/G in the running as a potential future choice. It even gives you the choice on what you can burn in it; Jet A / 100LL / Auto / Hydrogen gas,...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 07-28-2020, 12:57 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 783
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Just as an experiment, ask your mechanic for a #8...

Just as an experiment, ask your mechanic for a #8 screw and try it in the holes. Maybe smaller #6 screws were put in holes meant for the bigger #8 screw in error?
Worth a try...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-27-2020, 04:44 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,820
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Have you been aggressively leaning for taxi &...

Have you been aggressively leaning for taxi & best rpm for mag checks?

If you are still breaking in, you are probably operating at richer settings generally, so there might be increased potential...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-27-2020, 04:27 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,592
Posted By Ralph Inkster
My RV6 servo installations must have been mounted...

My RV6 servo installations must have been mounted a bit farther back for more aileron tube clearance as I always ended up notching the big hole in the seat rib to clear the A/P servo link.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-27-2020, 03:58 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,128
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Generally I don't bother with take off flaps. A...

Generally I don't bother with take off flaps. A few times it has come in handy to pop off the runway if taking off in heavy or long grass, but suck them up as soon as possible to prevent heating up...
Forum: Painting your RV 07-27-2020, 03:51 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 540
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Lots of RVs out there that are totally or...

Lots of RVs out there that are totally or partially wrapped.

There are a few shops that specialize in vinyl wrapping planes. Or, you could do it yourself as many have, with instruction via YouTube.
Forum: Fiberglass 07-25-2020, 02:39 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,712
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Yes, even simpler, the "L" flange. Good...

Yes, even simpler, the "L" flange. Good suggestion for that type solution.

But I still favor the false rib pink/blue rigid foam insulation solution, it's worked successfully on many a wingtip for...
Forum: RV-6/6A 07-25-2020, 02:17 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 640
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Run a tank of 100LL thru it & see if that clears...

Run a tank of 100LL thru it & see if that clears it out. I'm thinking it is some sort of chemical leached out of the fuel related to the use of Declin.
The leak is a different matter & will...
Forum: RV-6/6A 07-25-2020, 12:22 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 640
Posted By Ralph Inkster
The material in the bowl, is it rubbery or gritty...

The material in the bowl, is it rubbery or gritty like sand or other course material?
If gritty, what type aux fuel pump installed?
How much volume of this stuff have you found so far?

I once had a...
Forum: Fiberglass 07-24-2020, 11:53 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,712
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Another method. Lay up the glass draped over the...

Another method. Lay up the glass draped over the dowel on your bench, between a couple sheets of poly, than tuck it tight & weighed down with a couple pieces of wood. After it cures, you have dowels...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 07-24-2020, 10:13 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,641
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Found 2" at Wag-Aero & Spruce. But looks kind of...

Found 2" at Wag-Aero & Spruce.
But looks kind of rough compared to those Bruno is looking for.
Forum: RV-9/9A 07-22-2020, 12:32 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 533
Posted By Ralph Inkster
No problem with the washers as long as you...

No problem with the washers as long as you matched with the appropriate length bolts.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 07-21-2020, 01:50 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,258
Posted By Ralph Inkster
https://www.amazon.ca/10pcs-Stainless-6mm-20mm-Opt...

https://www.amazon.ca/10pcs-Stainless-6mm-20mm-Optional-8-10Mm/dp/B07CVM6L9V/ref=asc_df_B07CVM6L9V/?tag=bingshopdesk-20&linkCode=df0&hvadid=&hvpos=&hvnetw=o&hvrand=&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=e&hvdev=c&hvd...
Forum: Propellers 07-21-2020, 01:43 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 682
Posted By Ralph Inkster
As Bob says Fixed pitch props are set to absorb...

As Bob says

Fixed pitch props are set to absorb all the engine energy before passing max engine or prop rpm.
Ground adjustable props can be adjusted to do be limited the same way.
This doesn't...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-21-2020, 09:54 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,628
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Oh, rats! Now you are giving me ideas how to get...

Oh, rats! Now you are giving me ideas how to get another RV into my hangar that already has 3 aircraft & 3.5 projects in it...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 07-21-2020, 09:48 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 472
Posted By Ralph Inkster
The challenge the factory had was to max size a...

The challenge the factory had was to max size a duct in that tight area, good luck if you want to increase its size.
The requirement is to be able to flow about 350CFM of air for a 360 sized engine...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-16-2020, 10:24 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 545
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Another way to look at it - the plane will sit on...

Another way to look at it - the plane will sit on the ground 95% of the time with the fairings loaded. If you fit them unloaded, and snug - eventually the the loaded (snug) condition will cause the...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 07-16-2020, 10:10 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 671
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Mark, interesting that your problem is...

Mark, interesting that your problem is recurring.
Ross at SDS advised me to always mount the MAP sensors vertically, & higher than the intake vac source, and have the vac hose sag a bit before...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 07-15-2020, 02:15 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,796
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Oh, yes it can. I watched an owner remove a...

Oh, yes it can. I watched an owner remove a filter, clean & re-oil it and put it all back together. 2 months later after a major trip, he came in for an oil change & found his filter trying to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-15-2020, 01:56 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,202
Posted By Ralph Inkster
There was a time when the cost formula was 50%...

There was a time when the cost formula was 50% airframe - 50% everything else, give or take.
Expectations changed along the way & it gravitated towards 33% airframe - 33% power train - 33% everything...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 07-14-2020, 01:46 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,796
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Yeh, ugly... I've rebuilt 3 FABs that were...

Yeh, ugly... I've rebuilt 3 FABs that were destroyed this way. All had black gooey paste under the filter that acted like wet sand paper eating through the fiberglass. The owners were excessively...
Forum: RV-7/7A 07-14-2020, 12:51 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,394
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Maybe try with a bit more throttle. Lycoming...

Maybe try with a bit more throttle. Lycoming Operators Manual starting procedure suggests you "Open throttle approximately 1/4 travel". Seems excessive as I was taught to open it 1/4" to 1/2", but...
Forum: RV-8/8A 07-14-2020, 09:37 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,940
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Saville, your tank appears to have been built...

Saville, your tank appears to have been built with vent line drilled through the spot where the optional flop tube fuel pick-up fitting is normally placed. Plans call for the vent line to be drilled...
Forum: RV-6/6A 07-13-2020, 05:16 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,459
Posted By Ralph Inkster
6/6A builders just get to practice with more...

6/6A builders just get to practice with more bolts to finally call the job done.

7A, 9A, & 6A builders have very similar challenges getting nuts & bolts in around those landing gear weldments! ...
Forum: RV-8/8A 07-13-2020, 04:10 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,940
Posted By Ralph Inkster
The fitting should have Proseal (or equivilant)...

The fitting should have Proseal (or equivilant) applied to it and washer inside the tank, similar under the nut on outside, followed by additional sealant beaded over everything for good measure....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-09-2020, 10:02 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 900
Posted By Ralph Inkster
I remember back 10 years ago getting a 3 blade MT...

I remember back 10 years ago getting a 3 blade MT prop shipped from Florida, it too seemed a big price even back then. But it came in a monster big and HEAVY crate, so maybe the cost was justified...
Showing results 1 to 62 of 500

 
Forum Jump

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 05:09 AM.


The VAFForums come to you courtesy Delta Romeo, LLC. By viewing and participating in them you agree to build your plane using standardized methods and practices and to fly it safely and in accordance with the laws governing the country you are located in.